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General Ramblings, The Legal Beagle

Colorado ISP Sues Customer For Opinion

A friend of mine brought my attention to blog post about a man in Colorado who is currently being sued for complaining about false advertising on the part of the cable company. The details of the situation are in the blog linked below. He needs legal representation. If you know anyone who can help, or may know someone who can help, alert them immediately. This is a call to arms!

Peak Internet of Colorado offers ISP services to the Pikes Peak region. Russell Petrick tried their services and was disappointed. He says that their speed was consistently below the benchmark they advertised. When Petrick complained, he says that Peak Internet told him he was getting above their stated minimum speed, so he should be happy with the 12 Mbps he was getting, even if it didn’t reach the advertised 20 Mbps top speed.

Petrick complained online on Yelp and elsewhere. Peak Internet, an American company that values American ideals like freedom of speech, recognized Petrick’s right to complain and responded forthrightly to the complaint. No, wait, Peak Internet strongly disagreed with Petrick’s complaints so it responded online with specific facts and circumstances showing how particular elements of Petrick’s complaints were untrue.

Wait, no. I forgot. This is America. So Peak Internet sued. They hired attorney Ryan J. Klein of Sherman & Howard and filed a complaint against Petrick in Teller County District Court for defamation and defamation per se. The complaint is here.

Peak Internet’s complaint is bare-bones and notably vague and ambiguous. This is how it explains… READ MORE

Police State America, The Legal Beagle

Criminalizing Homelessness

In a number of major American cities being homeless is becoming a criminal act punishable by arrest, and incarceration. The criminal penalties for not having a home will vary from location to location, but rest assured, this is a serious phenomenon being perpetrated by the law.

 

If you thought Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s ordinance to make giving homeless people food illegal as a bad idea, I wonder who they are expecting to pay for the cost of building new homeless jails.

With the love and care of our respective governments, who can afford to down on their?

Life in America is about to get even rougher if the direction we have began to travel becomes highly trafficked.

General Ramblings, In The News, The Legal Beagle

Houston’s Stiletto Murder Trial Is Interesting

Houston’s stiletto murder appears to be coming to a close and it has captured the attention of a nation. Its understandable why too. Just think of that first series of headlines which may have read something like, “Woman Kills Man With Shoe”, or, “Woman Murders College Professor with Stiletto Heel”, and so forth. However, there is usually more to the case than what the headlines may read, which is why we have criminal justice trials.

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Clipping from KPRC Houston

HOUSTON

Attorneys for a Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel used a martial arts expert during her trial on Monday to demonstrate for jurors how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing.

Ana Trujillo is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument in June at his Houston condominium.

Trujillo’s attorney has contended the 45-year-old woman was defending herself from an attack by Andersson. Source

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Now call me crazy, but when you bring in a martial arts expert as a witness in a trial we’ve got to be looking at some the stuff “Made for TV” movies are made of. On a more serious note, if was being attacked by a man, she would have needed a weapon. At the end of the day, men are physically stronger than woman and if she was being attacked by a man, she would need a weapon of some sort to even the odds. Enter the Stiletto Heel.

According to news reports the case has gone to the jury for deliberation. Hopefully when the jury completes their deliberation they’ll come to the conclusion that this was indeed a murder which stemmed from a self defense.

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UPDATE

HOUSTON — Jurors have convicted a Houston woman of murdering her boyfriend by fatally stabbing him with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Read More

Houston’s Stiletto Murder Trial Is Interesting